Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

"THE FIRST THANKSGIVING" by J. L. G. Ferris
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"THE FIRST THANKSGIVING"

When the Pilgrims
first gathered together to share
with their Indian friends
in the mild autumn air,
they lifted the voices
in jubilant praise
for the bread on the table,
the berries and maize,
for field and for forest,
for turkey and deer,
for the bountiful crops
they were blessed with that year.
They were thankful for these
as they feasted away,
and as they were thankful
we're thankful today.
Unknown
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"THE PILGRIMS"
The Pilgrims
In the year of 1620
on a cold Decembre day
a hundred and two pilgrims
sailed into Plymouth Bay.
Still wary from their voyage -
still facing winter's chill -
they kept their sights on freedom
with courage, work, and will.
Pilgrims did not stop to think
of riches, fame, or glory
while bravely playing starring roles
in our new nation's story
by Bobbi Katz
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T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago
H is for the harvest the settlers learnt to grow
A is for America, the land in which we live
N is for nature and beauty which she gives
K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds
S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs
G is for gratitude... our blessings big and small
I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall
V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring
I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing
N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea
G is for giving of myself to make a better me.
by Judith A. Lindberg
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"GIVING THANKS"
For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
Author Unknown
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14 comments:

Michelle said...

That's a nice holiday - it's a pity, that we don't celebrate it in Poland... And it's a pity, that in America that friendship of pilgrims and Indians didn't survive... These persecution of natural America aborigines was horrible...
What a pity, that people rarely are so thankful!

Leanne said...

happy thanksgiving day Julie-marie
leanne x

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Julie :) Your menu sounds delicious!!! Wonderful to have you as a new friend too :)

tea
xo

Casey said...

A Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

Vicki said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Julie Marie to you and all those you love.

Love, Vicki

KJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Julie!

Thanks for these wonderful posts.

KJ

PEA said...

May today and every day be blessed with simple, quiet moments of thanksgiving!! Happy Thanksgiving to my dear American friends from across the border:-) xoxo

Gemma said...

Hope you are full....oh and a special Thank you today to your vet Dan
love
xx

Naturegirl said...

Julie I want to wish you blessing on this Thanksgiving day!I love the poem that spells *Thanksgiving*..certainly words to remeber.Enjoy your feast and friends and family that surround you!
hugging you aNNa xo

Carmen said...

Happy Thanksgiving day dear Julie!

judie said...

Thanks for your visit and much appreciated comments Julie Marie. If you don't mind, I am adding your link as well, for the same reason. Tho it's already in my "fav places", it's easier to go from the blog, right? I enjoyed your Thanksgiving poetry and the painting. I, too, cut down our Thanksgiving menu this year since all our family lives way, way out of town and it's only the two of us. For the first time in 16 years, we went out for Thanksgiving dinner, and I must say it was delightful! I hope to become a Anam Cara...

smilnsigh said...

Re: your comment in my blog... Those Susan Carroll books sound deeeeelicious. I have them written down, so I won't forget them.

Thank you for the offer of the first one but I think I'd better wait till I finish what I have going now. I really want to settle into and enjoy the 3 books you suggested, and I'll wait till the time is right for that.

We always need something Yummy to dig into, after the Holiday Season is over and the real Winter sets in. :-)

Mari-Nanci

Sweetpea said...

I hope you had a lovely day and I just loooked at the foods below hmmmmm xxx

lila said...

Hi Julie!
Still here in georgia...a few leaves on the trees...they were at peak last week!
Mr.Pear is reading a book about the Mayflower written by Nathaniel Philbrick. I read about it in Susan Branch's newsletter. Maybe I'll get to read it too when I get back home.
Mother and baby are doing better everyday here!